Visiting Boston with the Family: Boston Duck Tour
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Visiting Boston with the Family: Boston Duck Tour

We headed to Boston for Memorial Day Weekend. Visiting Boston with the family was a perfect weekend getaway. We visited many attractions and certainly have our favorite Boston spots for families. One of favorite experiences was the Boston Duck Tour.

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Visiting Boston with the Family: Boston Duck Tour

Anyone we asked, before our trip, what we should do, was quick to tell us the BOSTON DUCK TOUR! Not much explanation was given, we just knew it was supposed to be fun for the entire family. Our friends were right.

The Boston Duck Tours depart from the New England Aquarium daily from April 1 – November 25. They depart from every 20 minutes starting at 9am until one hour before sunset. The tours lasts approximately 80-minutes (1 hour on land and twenty minutes in the water.) The Duck Tours also depart from the Museum of Science and the Prudential Center.

Visiting Boston with the Family: Boston Duck Tour Tickets

Families can buy tickets to the Boston Duck Tour on the phone, online or at a kiosk at either tour start location. There is a great family value deal if you choose to launch from the Museum of Science. The Discounted Family 4 Pack provides 2 adult and 2 child (Ages 3-11) tickets for only $125. Families save over $24 with this package deal. The 4 pack must be purchased over the phone or in person & valid only for tours departing from the Museum of Science.

Without that discount, families of 4 can expect to spend about $150 on this adventure.

You can get more information, including updated ticket prices at Also, be sure to check out discount sites, like Groupon’s Things to Do: Boston, which is known to have occasion have deals.

Visiting Boston with the Family: Boston Duck Tour from Aquarium

You can begin the Duck Tour at either the Museum of Science or the Aquarium. We were recommended to begin at the Aquarium since it was more centrally located. It allowed us to spend time before and after the tour to walk around nearby, exploring Boston proper. We grabbed a delicious lobster roll and tasty Bloody Marys at Bostonia Public House just down the block on State Street.


Visiting Boston with the Family: Boston Duck Tour Experience

For nearly 90 minutes, we traveled through land and water (hence the name duck tour) with one of the funniest tour guides ever. For tours like this, much relies upon the expertise and humor of the tour guide. We got lucky. During the time we were in the Charles River, passengers were even invited to drive the boat. My girls and I did it. What a blast!

Can you identify what Boston and television landmark we passed by during our Boston Duck Tour?

We learned lots of random knowledge of Boston with the Duck Tour. It was fun. The girls were very entertained and my husband, the historian of the family, got a lot out of it, as well.

SMARTY PANTS MAMA TIP —> Do the Boston Duck Tour at the start of your Boston family vacation. Why? The tour takes you all around the city. During the tour you will notice sites and attractions that you want to see more of during your trip. If you do this tour at the beginning of the family vacation, you will have more time to explore more. Secondly, the Boston Duck Tour provides an extensive coupon book when you purchase tickets at the kiosk. We cringed when we received the book and noticed many discounts to the many attractions we had already visited.

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